“Cult” Hollywood was left without two greats
In the previous two days, two Hollywood greats left the world, the cult director of Serbian origin Peter Bogdanovic and the first dark-skinned Oscar winner Sidney Poitier.
Legendary Hollywood actor Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
Poitiers is the first dark-skinned man to win an Oscar in 1964 for his role in the film “Polish Lilies”.
In 1967, he made three excellent films, “Lord, with Love”, in which he played a London high school teacher, “In the Heat of the Night”, where he played a police officer and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” about racially mixed marriages with Spencer Tracy and Catherine Hepburn.
He died in the Bahamas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
He was born in 1927 in Miami and grew up in the Bahamas. He is the son of a farmer who grew tomatoes, but he followed his dream and became a Hollywood star who changed the way dark-skinned people are portrayed in movies.
Peter Bogdanovich, an American film director known for films such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon”, has died at the age of 82, his agent confirmed on Thursday.
He was also a screenwriter, actor, producer, critic and historian of Serbian film, from the generation of “Hollywood New Wave” or “New Hollywood”, which includes William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino, Francis Ford Coppola.
His drama about growing up, “The Last Cinema Play” from 1971, earned him eight Oscar nominations, including Best Director.
The film, which is set in a Texas city, starred rising stars such as Jeff Bridges and Sybil Shepard.
When he directed the film “The Last Cinema” at the age of 32, he received the epithet “New Orson Welles” and “prodigy” (miracle of a child).
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to actress Cloris Leachman, and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Ben Johnson.
Together with Larry McMartry, he won the Bafta Award for Best Screenplay.
He had another success with “What Does Dad Leave You Alone?”, A romantic comedy with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neill.
The film grossed $ 66 million, making it the third most profitable film of 1972, right after “The Godfather” and “Poseidon’s Adventures.”
These successes further strengthened his status as a new generation of directors, and with Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin, he founded the director’s company.
Francis Ford Coppola, the director of one of the most popular films of all time – The Godfather – said that he was extremely saddened by the news of Bogdanovic’s death.
“May he sleep forever in bliss, forever enjoying the excitement of our applause,” he said.
Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, wrote on Twitter: “He was a dear friend and champion of cinematography… He interviewed and preserved the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation.”
Peter is the son of Borislav Bogdanovic, a Serbian and American painter and pianist, originally from Ruma. Bogdanovic is survived by two children.
Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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